April 3, 2017Vol. 47, Issue 5

Council to Recognize Staff Excellence

Meet the nominees for yearly honors

Seven staff members have been nominated for the 2016 Employee of the Year award presented by Staff Council and funded by the Office of the President.

The University’s highest staff honor recognizes employees who make significant contributions to CSU, Chico, including years of service, job performance, work relationships, and service to the University.

Melanie O’Connor, manager of the Staff Council Office, said this is the most exciting time of the year for Staff Council, as its members are filled with inspiration from the nomination of so many deserving and amazing staff.

“Our staff are so much of the community of our University. They are mentors, cheerleaders, parents away from parents for all of our students that come here,” she said. “I am in awe of how much our staff give to our students to make their experience at Chico State positive, memorable, and impactful on the rest of their lives.”

The 2016 Employee of the Year will be announced at the Staff Awards Luncheon on May 25.

The nominees are:

  • Mary Argetsinger, Custodian, Facilities Management and Services
  • Antone Curtis, Athletic Equipment Attendant II, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Claudine Franquet, Instructional Technology Consultant, Technology and Learning Program
  • Robin McCrea; Administrative Analyst/Specialist, College of Agriculture
  • Ronda McGrath, Administrative Support Coordinator II, Accounting Department
  • Malcolm McLemore, Program Coordinator, Student Life and Leadership—Fraternity and Sorority Affairs
  • Kathleen Moroney, Administrative Analyst/Specialist, Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs

Two additional awards that made their debut in 2016 will also be presented at the May luncheon. The Customer Service Award recognizes an employee who displays exemplary customer service in their role. Inclusivity, collaboration, and professionalism under pressure are some of the factors considered.

The Wildcat Spirit Award recognizes employees who demonstrate “Wildcat spirit,” including pride in working at Chico State, a record of campus and community service, and a commitment to personal and professional development.

Nominees for those awards are due April 14. For information on how to nominate someone, check the Staff Council website, and check back in May to see who are some of the most incredible members of the campus community.

Press kit art for the film .Stories in Thread: A Tapestry of Hmong Identity.


Brian Brazeal, Anthropology, was the executive producer on Stories in Thread: A Tapestry of Hmong Identity, a student film by Tamara Maxey. Read more.

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Together We Will

On the occasion of her inauguration, President Gayle E. Hutchinson made a bold statement about her vision for inclusive excellence. Watch video.